The Russo Brothers began their Marvel cinematic journey with Captain America – The Winter Soldier. Their solid debut followed by Civil War and Infinity War. Each one proving their ability to offer truly engaging and character led superhero films that had cross generational appeal. However despite the safe hands of the Russo Brothers, Avengers Endgame came with significant risks. After all how do you end a saga built around so many films and characters. While also keeping the fans happy and casual viewers engaged. On the whole Endgame pulls off this tricky conundrum with a finale that hits all the right notes. Providing us with a film that delivers emotion and humour alongside beautiful character development and surprises. Wrapped in a homage to the central heroes who created a helped create a successful universe.
Picking up where Infinity War left off. Endgame surprises the audience within the first 45 minutes with a narrative focussing on loss, unspoken truths and revenge. As a result this allows a talented cast to explore the hidden depths of their characters. While joining together a story built over a range of independent cinematic adventures.
Central to the journey of Endgame are Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans). With Endgame placing their relationship centre stage. While allowing both actors to embrace their role in launching the Marvel cinematic universe. At the time as drawing their roles within it to a close.
Avengers Endgame does not disappoint in its visual wonder and escapism. With a three hour run time that speeds by in a mix of sublime performances and eye popping action. While its cast list reads like who’s, who of Hollywood royalty. Not only demonstrating the cultural impact of the Avengers journey, but also care and love with which they were made.
However, there are weaknesses in a film that generally shines on screen. Mainly centred on the new characters Marvel has introduced. With many feeling as though they have been placed purely as plot devices. This raises some interesting questions on the future of the Marvel universe. As Endgame celebrates the past with ease, but struggles to identify the future. Especially in the light of the recent disappointments of Ant Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel. However, despite these problems, there is no escaping the sheer vision, joy and emotion of Endgame. As it wraps you in a comforting yet equally challenging superhero story of the highest standard.
The Avengers journey has been a cultural phenomenon of modern film. Re-igniting the superhero genre while also creating a cinematic universe full of colour and diversity. And in the final analysis Endgame duly delivers an exquisite curtain. While celebrating the characters who helped to reincarnate Marvel comics on screen.